Brand new out of the box pool and fresh from the tap water.
This is our 4th season with an Intex pool, but our first season with a brand new 20'X52" Ultra frame. The old pool was a used Quickset my brother didn't want since he bought a house with an inground pool.
Our first year we did chlorine with the floating duck. Floating duck in green water!!!
We added the Intex SWG and loved it! However.... we live in South Central Texas and we have HARD water. The pool store employees, who I now know strive to sell each customer $75-$100 of stuff every time they walk in the door for a FREE WATER TEST, have been pushing powder on me. I now know that powder causes other chems to get out of wack so they can sell me something liquid that looks like iced tea.... So I need more powder and all the time my cells in the SWG are getting coated and I have to stop every thing and get the vinegar out.......
WELL I'M ON TO THEM - THANKS TO POOL SCHOOL and everyone here...
I just need a little guidance to be sure I'm on the right track before I end up back at the pool store.... getting powder pushed on me again...
I filled the pool and added 180 pounds of Morton Pool Salt yesterday.
I took a water sample to the pool store this morning because I wanted to check my readings with theirs just to see...
Comb Chl .2
I didn't do other tests because I had to get going.
Comb Chl 0
TA - 210
I have added 12 oz of Dry Acid 2.5 hours ago.
Pool Store said to:
add 1/2 gal of liquid shock ( I think she mentioned 12% I have the Great Value liquid bleach (Walmart) 8.25% gallon jug.)
Add 2 more bags of salt anytime (waiting for the hubby to come mule those to the pool)
and add 1 gallon of instant (liquid) conditioner CYA (which I purchased for $40 - Like Girl Scouts selling cookies I said yes)
Pool Calculator says to:
Add 3 quarts and 1 cup 8% liquid chlorine
Add 3 quarts of liquid stabilizer
Add 58 pounds of salt
Raise CH by adding 3 quarts of Calcium Chloride (What is this stuff and do i have to go back to teh pool store to get it?)
Am I missing any important tests?
Water temp is 84 degrees F
I have not turned on the SWG yet.
New sand filter started up and looking strong for 2.5 hours. Still running and will leave on till I get all these numbers on target.